BOROKO POLICE STATION FACES IMMINENT CLOSURE

“Because it’s unfit for human habitation, and unfit for any human being to work in. It breaches all the occupational health and safety laws in this country and it’s a health hazard”

Boroko Police Station is facing imminent closure after an inspection by the Police Association, PNG Trade Union Congress and the NCD Health Authority today.

The inspection saw, toilets used by workers in health hazard bound for serious illnesses, no proper ventilation, holes in ceilings and indecent toilets for detainee’s cell blocks that face probable health risks.

Pictured here is the outside part of the Boroko Police Station ablution block used by staff and the public.

PNG Trade Union Congress General Secretary Clemence Kanau said Boroko Police Station is the nerve centre of police operations for NCD and Central and with such scenarios; the Police Association is very concerned.  

This is the ablution block used by the staff and the public.

“Police Association is very concerned about the state of where our men and women are doing and attending to complaints every single day”

“If this is the state of affairs of working man and woman in these centre, it’s a serious problem, I don’t know how many stations throughout the country are in these shape, I think they are worse than Boroko”, Mr Kanau stressed.

He said Police Association will recommend to the NCD Authorities to formally close Boroko Police Station.

“Because it’s unfit for human habitation, and unfit for any human being to work in. It breaches all the occupational health and safety laws in this country and it’s a health hazard”, he said.

He said Police Association will recommend to all authorities for this station to be closed and for the government to build a new police station as an operating centre for NCD and Central.  

Police Association President Lowa Tambua shared similar sentiments towards detainees in police cells that he said have been treated like animals in their cell blocks with occupational health hazard areas that may cause serious health conditions.  

Seen here is the ablution block at one of the male cell blocks were detainees use for for both washing and toilet.

Mr Tambua in support of the sentiments raised by Kanau stressed that detainees shouldn’t be kept in such places with an indecent environment.  

Seen here is the hole in the ceilings at the Boroko Police Station's communication centre.

ACP NCD/ Central Command Donald Yamasombi said police need to come up with a strategy for operations after this inspection.

“What they have done, they have done, I don’t have a say in that; If that’s the action they are taking, we will have to mitigate that and come up with a strategy”, Yamasombi said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Operations Police Jim Andrews said they (management) are not aware of this as they were not informed.

Mr Kanau said the concerned authorities will give an ultimatum and advice the government on what their intentions are in the next coming days.  

 

 

By Tom KILAVI
April 26, 2019